A new study of Aboriginal astronomy has found that Australia's first people viewed comets as portents of doom. Aboriginal societies typically associated comets with fear, death, omens of sickness, malevolent spirits and evil magic, which is consistent with many other cultures around the world."
The great comet of 1577. For centuries, comets have inspired awe and wonder. Many ancient civilisations saw them as portents of death and disaster, omens of great social and political upheavals. Shrouded in thin, luminous veils with tails streaming behind them, these 'long-haired stars' were given the name 'comets' by the ancient Greeks (the Greek word kome meant 'hair').
One of the largest comets of the 19th century suddenly appears just weeks before the Battle of Bull Run. Stonewall Jackson's sword mysteriously falls only hours before his fatal wounding at Chancellorsville...Are all of these happenings mere coincidences? Strange Tales of the Civil War provides readers with such omens, predictions, dreams, and other inexplainable events of the Civil War. Available from Mannington Public Library.